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Sustainable Communities, Inc. aka Sustainable Communities/ZERI-NM

  • Santa Fe, NM
  • www.scizerinm.org

Mission Statement

Work with local communities to design and implement projects that uplift social, cultural, economic and ecologic conditions.

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ruling year

1995

Principal Officer

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Ms. Lynda Taylor

Keywords

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sustainable, restoration, forestry, soils, conservation, local, economic, social, cultural, ecological, environmental, water, rangelands, agriculture, education, youth

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Also Known As

SCZ

EIN

85-0430152

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Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (B01)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Economic Development (S30)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs

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Program 1

1. Sustainable Forestry (using the waste from small diameter trees to create value added economic opportunities such as no emissions charcoal/wood preservation, production of edible, high protein mushrooms, animal feed from mushroom spent substrate of innoculated slash as well as restoration and enhancement of soils within thinned forest. Partner with Picuris Pueblo and assisting in moving from pilot project to a new commercial enterprise based on pilot project. 2. Wastewater treatment/farming system where all human (and animal) wastes are treated and converted to create value added benefits from crop (organic) and fish farming (no antibiotics); growing mushrooms, algae for cattle feed, vermiculture (worms) for chickens, etc., and methane energy. Working with small communities, tribes and dairies to get a pilot project going. 3. Plan to start a pilot projects to use condensation from flowing cold water in underground tubes to grow crops without actually consuming the water but using the condensation and returning water to source undiminished in quantity and quality. 4. K-12 Education Initiative which stimulates academic learning, emotional intelligence, artistic expression and an understanding of natural systems through community service-based learning. We are working with poor communities in northern New Mexico with high drop out rates, gang problems, drugs, etc. Also working with University of NM School of Architecture and Planning, and with NM State University, Dept. of Horticulture and Agronomy, to use ZERI learning principles and methodology through stories, workbooks, actual community based projects and course materials, programs and methodology. 5. Other projects that are in the early planning stages include: (1) soil regeneration using basalt rock dusts, native fungi and wood chips to restore and increase healthy soils on eroded lands as well as using same method for a mine reclamation pilot; (2) looking at master planning for an eco-industrial park which produces no waste or pollution and uses all its raw materials to create further value added opportunities;(3) looking at using the overgrown invasive species salt cedar as a raw material for new rural businesses in charcoal production, edible mushroom growing and using the substrate as a soil enrichment.

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Sustainable Communities, Inc. aka Sustainable Communities/ZERI-NM

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Ms. Lynda Taylor

BIO

Lynda Taylor: is a co-founder of ZERI-NM and is serving as Co-director of the merged Sustainable Communities/ZERI-NM since September, 2002; also served as a Board member of the NAFTA-created Border Environment Cooperation Commission (BECC), appointed by President Clinton in 1994 and served under President Bush; she also served on the boards of High Country News, Friends of the Earth, Conservation Voters Alliance, League of Conservation Voters. Lynda is retired from the non-profit Southwest Research and Information Center where she worked for 25 years directing numerous projects and providing research, educational materials, articles and advocacy and lobbying and training programs related to pollution, nuclear, hazardous and solid wastes, public health, natural resources conservation, water quality, border environment, sustainable development, community groups organizational and leadership development skill. She also taught continuing education courses through the UNM on environment, workplace health and toxics and public policy. She has also been a founder and leader of the New Mexico Conservation Voters Alliance educating citizens on voting and candidate positions, NM Physicians for Social Responsibility, and the Coalition for Clean, Affordable Energy. Lynda has received many awards for recognition of her work, including the 2001 KTAO Radio Taos Third Annual Environmental Achievement Award, Recipient of the 16th Annual Governor's Award for Outstanding New Mexico Women, the Environmental Law Center Friend of the Environment, the National Wildlife Federation International Sustainable Development Award, and the NM Chapter of the American Lung Association. ZERI certified 12/02. Teaching Ecoversity course since 2003 with team. Co-Director Robert Haspel: Robert Haspel: is a co-founder of ZERI-NM and is now serving as Co-director of Sustainable Communities/ZERI-NM; serves on the Sustainable Santa Fe Commission; small businessman and former owner of Environmental Control, a waste collection and recycling company; city and country of Santa Fe Landfill Siting Committee former member; Santa Fe Beautiful, former board member; Recycle New Mexico, founder and former board member; Youth Shelters former board member; New Mexico Public Regulation Commission management staff overseeing operations of electric and water utilities environmental and renewable energy; solid waste/recycling consultant for Nambe Pueblo and Johnson Controls; current consultant on ZERI-inspired eco-industrial parks. ZERI certified 12/02.

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